Patient care at the Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Clinic at St. Paul’s was potentially put on hold after two monitors that provide essential information about a patient’s condition broke down simultaneously.
Staff at the GI Clinic had been having trouble with the 15- to 20-year-old monitors for a while, but the breakdown of the two monitors that occurred last year necessitated urgent action to ensure a continued delivery of care.
“We urgently needed replacement monitors when two unexpectedly broke at the same time,” says clinical nurse leader at the GI Clinic, Patina Sibbald.
Patient monitors must be used during the 11,000 standard and specialized procedures performed at the GI Clinic each year for issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, acid-related disorders, liver disease and screening for colon cancer. The monitors provide diagnostic information on such things as a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure. Without accurate readings from the monitors, procedures would need to be canceled or delayed, resulting in longer wait times.
While loaner monitors helped meet patient care needs in the short term, the GI Clinic contacted St. Paul’s Foundation to request support for the purchase of monitors that would have a permanent home at the clinic. The funding for the new monitors was secured within a few days and six new monitors were up and running soon after.
“We’re very grateful to the Foundation and the Lights of Hope campaign that we have these new monitors now,” says Sibbald. “They really have enhanced the care we are able to give to patients and patient safety.”